Cheese Straws

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1/3 cup unsalted margarine
1/2 pkg (2 oz) shredded Cheddar
Few drops hot-pepper sauce
1-1/2 tbs ice water
1 tsp sesame seeds

Into medium-size bowl, sift together flour and mustard. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor fashion, cut in margarine and half the cheese until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in hot-pepper sauce. Stir in ice water until well blended. Shape dough into a ball.

Preheat over to 350F. On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry 1/8 inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; fold dough in half and roll out again to a rectangle approximately 12 inches by 8 inches. Cut pastry in half lengthwise. Cut each piece into twenty four 1/2-inch pieces. Place strips on ungreased cookie sheets. Twist; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Makes about 4 dozen pieces.

May be stored in an air-tight container in refrigerator several days or frozen. Reheat at 300F.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana